For Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, “fifty is nifty.”
Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, said in a statement today the certification of victory for Assemblyman Bob Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, Westchester County, is the final piece to break the super majority held by Assembly Democrats.
Castelli ran a close race against Democrat Thomas Roach. The election was certified today.
Republicans are still vastly outnumbered by Democrats in the Assembly, 100-50. But Republicans, voting as a bloc, can potentially help sustain gubernatorial vetoes. That may come in handy for incoming Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, whose fiscally conservative priorities are expected to clash with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.
“Our victories during the 2010 election cycle were historic. On February 8, 2010, there were 39 Members of the Assembly Republican Conference. Shortly thereafter, we won three out of the four Assembly Special Elections on February 9 to increase our membership total. Then, in the November elections, we picked up at least eight new seats and won all nine of our open districts, which represented 20 percent of our Conference. That we did so while being outspent by as much as three and even five-to-one in some races is literally unprecedented,” Kolb said.
“Today, I am thrilled we can declare victory in Bob Castelli’s bid for re-election, which means a total of at least 50 Republicans will now be serving in the State Assembly on January 1. Our entire Conference congratulates Bob on his tremendous victory,” Kolb stated.